From an episode of BackstoryPresented by Melissa Cranenburgh


Backstory: Donna Ward On Being A “Spinster”

Author Donna Ward shatters the stereotypes surrounding being a single woman, or “spinster”, in her new book, an essay collection entitled She I Dare Not Name: A spinster’s meditations on life, based on her own life experiences. With Backstory host Mel Cranenburgh, Donna shares what inspired the book, the origins of the term spinster, how continued solitude differs from its represention in literature, why the structure of solitude can get you through a mid-life crisis, and so much more – including a live reading.

Donna Ward on Backstory
Listen to Backstory: Donna Ward On Being A “Spinster”42:4811 March 2020